MANILA – Criminal charges were filed before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday against a foreigner who figured in an altercation with a police officer for failing to comply with quarantine regulations.
The local police filed charges of direct assault, resistance, and disobedience to a person in authority, unjust vexation, violation of Makati City Ordinance No. 2000-089 for failing to wear a face mask against Spanish Javier Parra.
In a cellular phone video footage, Senior Master Sgt. Roland Von Madrona, assigned at Sub-Station 5, Central Police Station, was shown struggling with a shirtless Parra who resisted arrest during the incident inside the Dasmariñas Village on Sunday.
Before the incident, another footage showed Parra on the street outside his house cursing at Madrona after the latter purportedly asked the foreigner’s Filipino maid why she was not wearing a face mask while gardening.
City police chief, Col. Rogelio Simon, welcomed the charges filed against the foreigner.
“This is a warning to abusive foreigners,” Simon said in a statement, adding that Spain has 220,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 23,521 deaths since the outbreak.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said they are already coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration to check the status of Parra. (PNA)